Invisible Places – Sounding Cities
Sound influences our everyday life through our individual, intimate perception. On a bigger scale, the soundscape of a city influences the way we feel, and live, the city itself.
Still, in Urban Planning and Design, sound is an underestimated element. Invisible Places, the three days symposium held in Viseu, Portugal, in the frame of Sounding Cities, will focus on the theme of Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place.
“We know that the prevalence of noise or sounds that do not convey any social significance and are a disturbance of the quality of life, reduces the ability to identify with the place we inhabit. It is therefore urgent to think about the acoustical problems societies are facing today and integrate that thinking in urban planning, architecture and management of public space, because the idea we have of ourselves, our personal awareness and the relationships we build in the external world, are inextricably linked to a space. We all exist somewhere. And personal identity also relates to this.”